Rita Nehme is an environmental, social, and governance specialist whose work and passion are at the nexus of sport and sustainability. She is currently the Head of Sustainability at Richmond Football Club, where she leads the Club’s Social and Environmental Sustainability strategies and initiatives. Rita developed and is implementing the Club’s inaugural Environmental Sustainability Action Plan, a first in the AFL industry, as well as the Club’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
Rita was also recently involved in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she took on the role of Sustainability Manager of the Perth venue. There, she led the sustainability initiatives and measures spanning environmental sustainability, human rights, anti-discrimination, and accessibility.
Rita is a board member of Midsumma Festival, Australia’s premier LGBTQIA+ arts and culture organization. She has also been appointed by the Victorian Government as a Change Our Game Ambassador to champion inclusion, diversity, and equity for women to fully participate and advance Sport at all levels, her primary focus being culturally and linguistically diverse, as well as LGBTQIA+ women.